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Comment: Shingled encoding performance penalties (Score 5, Interesting) 219

by JoeyRox (#48589577) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive
SMR drives are fine for I/O scenarios that don't overwrite data very often but they suffer from significant performance penalties for overwrites due to the read-modify-write/write-relocate operations required to modify a set of sectors within a shingled-encoded track. There are tricks to lessen the impact such as virtual sector remapping and background remapping but those can't avoid performance penalties in many scenarios.

+ - Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of Electric Companies->

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JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Tesla's 'gigafactory' publicized goal is to make electric cars more affordable. However that benefit may soon be eclipsed by the gigafactory's impact on roof-top solar power storage costs, putting the entire business model of utilities in peril. “The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose” comes from systems that include storage, said Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant. “That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.”"
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Comment: Not brave to declare after you've become CEO (Score 1) 764

by JoeyRox (#48271799) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"
It doesn't seem all that courageous to me to declare you're gay *after* you've completed the climb up the corporate ladder to the CEO position. It would be more impressive if he did it before the perceived risk to his career had long-since passed. Doesn't set a good example for other gays - hiding the fact you're gay until it's safe career-wise to come out.

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane